The Taliban have finally confirmed plans to open a political headquarters, ostensibly in Qatar, for peace negotiations. Previously, the Afghan group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid had said only that he was “unaware” of any such move.
“Right now, having a strong presence in Afghanistan, we still want to have a political office for negotiations.”
“In this regard, we have started preliminary talks and we have reached a preliminary understanding with relevant sides, including the government of Qatar, to have a political office for negotiations with the international community.”
The Afghan government also confirmed its support for such an office last week, after first recalled its ambassador to Qatar for “consultations.”